Researchers at Pharmacy School Find Cancer Prevention in Oil

Pharmacy school research laboratories are places where students learn about chemistry and pharmacology (drug interaction with living systems). Led by some of the top researchers in the nation, these student-involved research projects can often lead to enlightening information about disease, treating disease, and how the human body reacts to medication and the world around them.

As reported this week, some pharmacy school researchers discover ways to prevent disease, too:

UPI, NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 24 (UPI) — Nuts, and vitamin E in soybean, canola and corn oils, help prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers, U.S. researchers said.

Chung S. Yang — director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey — said two forms of vitamin E, gamma and delta-tocopherols, are found in soybean, canola and corn oils as well as nuts.

“There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” Yang said in a statement. “Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers while the form of vitamin E, alpha- tocopherol, the most commonly used in vitamin E supplements, has no such benefit.”
The study, published in Cancer Prevention Research, found the forms of vitamin E in vegetable oils — gamma and delta-tocopherols — prevent cancer formation and growth in animal models in animal studies for colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer… Read more from United Press International

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